Misenheimer, N.C. -- It was an offensive duel at Joe Ferebee Field on Saturday as the Pfeiffer baseball team (17-7) took both games of their double header against William Peace (11-14). Game one ended in a 13-10 score, while game two was decided by an 11-8 final. The wins completed a three game sweep of the Pacers and the Falcons have now won five games in a row.
Game One: Pfeiffer 13 William Peace 10
The first game of the double header saw the Falcons get out a huge 12-1 lead by the fifth inning. Pfeiffer scored 1 in the 1st, 4 in the 2nd, 3 in the 3rd, and 4 more runs in the 5th. Derek Perry helped the Falcon offense tremendously by collecting 3 hits and driving in 3 runs, including a 2 run shot to right field in the third inning.
Senior center fielder Xavier Rodriguez came through with 4 hits on the game and scored twice. Shortstop Bryan Kowalski also had a big day at the plate going 2-4 with 2 runs scored and driving in 3. Christian Marciano and Chaston Gordon hit back-to-back homeruns in the 5th to extend the lead to 12-1. Jordan Eckard also chipped in with 2 hits and 3 RBI's of his own.
William Peace didn't give in however, and stormed back to make it a two run game going to the bottom of the 8th. The Pacers scored 4 runs in the 6th and 5 in the 8th to bring themselves within striking distance. Leadoff man Easton Payton had himself an incredible game, going 4-5 with 3 RBI's, including 2 doubles. Nathan Holt and Will Dalton drove in 2 runs each, while shortstop Justin Torres scored 3 times out of the nine hole.
It was a rough outing for the Pfeiffer bullpen, as they gave up 7 earned runs after a solid start by Brodrick Rierson. Rierson went 5.1 innings while giving up 7 hits, 2 walks and striking out 5. Peyton Williams would come in for the save in the 9th and slam the door on any thought of a 9th inning comeback for William Peace to collect his fourth save of the season.
Game Two: Pfeiffer 11 William Peace 8
It was another barnburner in game number two as both teams decided to have another slugfest. The Falcon offense was led this time by Chaston Gordon, who collected 3 hits on the night while driving in 3 runs.
The Pacers got out to the early lead in game two, scoring the first 4 runs of the game off of starter Will Altemueller. Nathan Holt started the scoring with an RBI single to left field that scored shortstop Justin Torres. Then in the 2nd inning, Alec Allred and Michael Sterne drove in 3 more runs for William Peace to extend the lead to 4.
Pfeiffer's offense had an answer however, as they scored 7 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. The scoring started on a wild play that saw Kyler Fairchild bunt to third base. Third baseman Mikey Anerton then threw the ball past first baseman Alec Allred which allowed both Mason Striplin and Chaston Gordon to score, and Fairchild advanced all the way to third. Fairchild would score on a wild pitch a few pitches later. The Falcons would tack on four more afterwards, with RBI's from Kirby Lambert, Christian Marciano, Chaston Gordon, and Mason Striplin.
William Peace battled back in the 3rd and 4th innings, as they would take an 8-7 lead off a Trey Hogan 2 RBI single to right center field. That would be it for the Pacers' offense, as the Pfeiffer bullpen would prove to be much better in game two, led by sophomore Cameron Reid. Reid would go 3.1 innings out of the 'pen to get the win.
The Falcons would re-take the lead in the 5th off a wild pitch that scored Derek Perry. An error with two outs in the same inning by Torres allowed Pfeiffer's lead to grow to 10-8, and then in the 7th Chaston Gordon would add an insurance run with an RBI single to extend the lead to 11-8. Xavier Rodriguez would close the door in the 9th and collect his 4th save of the season.
The Falcons take the field again next weekend when they battle Brevard for a three game series starting Friday night. First pitch on Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.